Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

On Friday 12th September, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government will be hosting a number of seminars to help you get the low down on doing business and showcasing internationally, including SXSW, Midem and a more in-depth preparation meeting for WOMEX 14.

You can register for both events or individually HERE. Some elements will be filmed and will be shared later for those who are unable to travel.

To build on the outstanding success of WOMEX 13 Cardiff, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government are supporting a delegation of Welsh artists and businesses respectively to attend WOMEX 14,  to make sure we maximise on the opportunities developed in Cardiff last year to grow Wales’ music sector internationally.

To prepare for WOMEX 14 we are hosting a targeted event to help you make the most of this international world music market and the contacts we’ve made. As well as one to one meetings, we will be leading a group discussion in which Wales’ WOMEXicans can share their experience to date. Come to exploit the connections and intelligence made over the past few years for your own benefit. Others who cannot make it to WOMEX are also welcomed.

Read more: Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

New! Community Folk Music Tutor Training

Traditional musician? Looking for new and exciting opportunities around teaching others? 
Whether a performer interested in learning new skills as a tutor, or a practicing tutor who would like to brush up on their knowledge and share best practice with others, this brand new training programme from trac will have something to offer most traditional musicians. 
Working alongside Commmunity Music Wales, our bespoke course focuses on theory and practice in community music through practical lessons, with information specific to delivering folk music workshops in Wales. The training is also set to cover:
Learning styles
Group work
Creating workshop material
Facilitating client learning
Rhythm and percussion work
Empowerment and best practice. 
As a traditional music tutor there are many opportunities for work in Wales and internationally. Whether it be delivering a workshop at a festival, running school workshops, tune clubs or teaching on residential courses, the chance to add extra value to your portfolio is now.  
Participants will have the opportunity to receive an Agored Cymru Level 2 accreditation upon completion. 
Interested? Choose your preferred location:
Swansea - begins November 2014 
Bangor - begins February 2015
Each course takes place across seven full days of training on selected weekdays over a five week period.  Exact dates and venues announced shortly.
Cost: Just £120.00 per participant (subsidised rate).
Places are highly limited and subject to approval.  Register your interest now:
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Play time for the kids and slow sessions with Gary at the Big Experiment / yr Arbrawf Mawr

BEAM :19 - 21 September, Anglesey

For the children
Jenn Williams will be joining us again this year, running activities for primary age children at the Big Experiment. Depending on their ages, they'll do things like learning some tunes and songs, doing some clogging and having fun in the grounds of Plas Newydd in the lovely Autumn sunshine (which we've booked, of course!) There are family rooms available, and a discount price of £380 for a family of four.

Second instrument? New to the repertoire?
Gary Northeast will be helping out with the Pwt Ar Y Bys/slow sessions for those less confident in the full-on sessions. And there will be some full-on sessions!
And we've added an extra workshop to the afternoon programme:

• Flute and whistle special, with Jordan Williams
An hour of flute and whistle playing, exploring ornaments and phrasing to give your flute playing a real traditional flavour.







Here's the rest of the workshops planned for the afternoons:
• Fiddle special with Oli Wilson-Dickson

• An introduction to Pibgorn, with Patrick Rimes
• What do you do with a tune once you've learnt it?, with Stacey Blythe
• Vocal technique for traditional singers, with Bethan Nia
• Bangor Melodies: from manuscript to blog, with Mari Morgan
• Storytelling with Fiona Collins
• Clogging for all
• Have a go at pipes
• Have a go on the Triple Harp

• Playing for dancing
• Cerdd Dant for all
• Have a go at Welsh folk dance
• The Mari Lwyd   
• Sing while you play
• From the court to Llangadfan
• The Amazing Spoons Workshop
• Plygain for all
• Cadi Ha

These afternoon workshops are open to the public, and cost £5 each, and there's more detail just a click away - you'll find it all the information on the Big Experiment on the 'Our Work' dropdown menu

Young Valleys talent shines at Folkworks Summer School



Eight students from the Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bro Taf and Nantgarw Folk Groups were sponsored by trac to attend the Folkworks Youth Summer School in Durham from the 11th – 16th August.

Folkworkskidsextra.jpgThe Folkworks Youth course has been attended in the past by current successful folk musicians such as Rachel and Becky Unthank, Sam Sweeney and Peter Tickell and aims to nurture future folk musicians. Drawing on the wealth of folk music talent around the UK, among the tutors welcomed this year were Alistair Anderson, Lester Simpson, Saul Rose and Wales’s own Angharad Jenkins.


The students enjoyed a week of repertoire building, sessions, ceilidhs, collaborating, performing and meeting like-minded musicians, which culminated in a final performance. The students were also able to perform as a folk group and showcase their Welsh folk music sets for the rest of the students on the course. The Rhondda Cynon Taf Folk Group have previously performed at St David’s Hall at the Folk Proms Day.



"The whole week was a huge success. The young people learnt so much, and made new friends, and I'm sure will take away with them memories that will last them a lifetime. They were warmly welcomed by the fellow students who embraced the Welsh music and step dancing. The young people from Bro Taf were even chosen to perform at the final showcase event at the end of the week. The plan now is to start a similar residential course in Wales in February half term, so watch this space!" - Angharad Jenkins, Tutor at Folkworks and trac Project Officer


Folkworkskidsextra1.jpg"Thank you for taking us to Durham, I enjoyed myself so much and it really has helped me broaden my horizons in terms of folk music. It was a fantastic experience and I've learnt so much. I'd like to thank trac for giving me this wonderful opportunity." - Siwan Evans, participant

Folkworks Youth Summer School






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Welcome to the House of Folk! Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod

Ty Gwerin at this year's Eisteddfod is in a giant yurt, and you'll find it on the Maes (the Eisteddfod field) by following the signs!

There's an amazing programme of activities: live music, workshops, children's activities, talks, sessions, a shop and cafe, and more! The week's programme's here and for more detail on each day, go to the drop-down menus: Our work > Eisteddfod 2014 > each day's programme

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